August 04, 2022 - HR News Alerts

Michigan Repeals COVID-19 Employment Rights Act

Employees Who Fail to Report to Work no Longer Protected 

Michigan has amended its COVID-19 Employment Rights Act to limit the act’s coverage to claims or causes of action that occurred before July 2, 2022. The amendments also provide an expiration date for the law.

COVID-19 Employment Rights Act

The Michigan COVID-19 Employment Rights Act prohibits an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who displays its principal symptoms from reporting to work until certain conditions are met (e.g., a negative test, a clearing of symptoms, the end of the isolation period). It also prohibits, with exceptions for specified critical workers, an employee who has had close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 from reporting to work until the quarantine period has ended.

The act further bars employers from discharging, disciplining, or otherwise retaliating against employees who comply with those prohibitions, oppose a violation of the act, or report a COVID-19 health violation.

Michigan HB 5244

Michigan HB 5244 amended the COVID-19 Employment Rights Act, specifying that the law does not apply to a claim or cause of action accruing after July 1, 2022.

In addition, the bill repeals the act, effective July 1, 2023.

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